Contact Information
Tel: 314.880.3600 (Main)
Tel: 314.880.3611 (Direct Dial)
Fax: 314.880.3601
Email: mkeeney@tuethkeeney.com
Primary Address:

34 N. Meramec Ave., Ste. 600, St. Louis, MO 63105

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Bar Admissions

Missouri, 1990
Illinois, 1991


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Melanie Gurley Keeney
     

Tel: 314.880.3600 (Main) | mkeeney@tuethkeeney.com

Melanie Gurley Keeney practices in the areas of education, employment, and immigration law.   She is a frequent presenter and also provides regular training to clients.  Her experience in education law includes representing institutions regarding various personnel and student matters, including terminations, state and federal discrimination claims, discipline, § 1983 claims, Open Meetings law, and other issues.

Melanie represents private employers with respect to a wide range of employment matters, including discrimination charges and lawsuits, wage-hour compliance, non competes, wrongful discharge actions, privacy, defamation and related tort litigation, disability issues, and provides preventive employment law services, including supervisor training programs and employment compliance audits.

Melanie also represents corporations, educational institutions and individuals with their immigration needs and in handling Global Mobility matters, including obtaining temporary and permanent visas, handling employer sanctions issues, I-9 and E-Verify employment eligibility verification compliance, consular processing and naturalization.

Melanie is a founding Shareholder of the Firm and currently serves as its Chairperson.  She served on the Management Committee from 2006 to 2015, and served as its Managing Partner and President in 2014 and 2015.

Education

J.D., Washington University School of Law, 1990

  • Notes and Topics Editor, Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law

B.A., Baylor University, magna cum laude, 1987

  • Phi Beta Kappa

 Significant Honors and Awards

  • Women’s Justice Litigation Practitioner Award presented by Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2016
  • International Women’s Day Award for Employment Law, awarded by Washington University School of Law, 2014
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer, awarded by Super Lawyers for over 10 consecutive years and in the top 50 female lawyers in Missouri and Kansas
  • St. Louis Best Lawyers Education Law Lawyer of the Year, awarded by Best Lawyers, 2017
  • St. Louis Best Lawyers Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year, awarded by Best Lawyers, 2019, 2015, 2012
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, St. Louis, in the practice area of Immigration Law since 1995, and in the practice areas of Education Law and Employment Law-Management since 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell© Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™

Professional & Academic Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor Washington University School of Law, 2017
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Council for Educational Advancement, Board Member, 2015-Present
  • National Council of School Attorneys Board of Directors, 1996-2000
  • Missouri Council of School Attorneys, Chairman, 1997
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), Missouri- Kansas Chapter Chair, 1997-1999

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Board Member, Council for Educational Advancement (CEA)
  • Former Board Member, The Wilson School
  • Active with Burmese refugee population through church activities
  • Church Youth Group Sponsor since 1990

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • “Business Immigration Options in the COVID-19 Climate,” AILA Missouri-Kansas Chapter Meeting, August 2020
  • “Managing a Global Workforce During the Pandemic: A U.S. Immigration Law Perspective,” Panel Member, ELA (Employment Law Alliance), April 2020
  • Panelist on Employment Law Alliance (ELA) COVID-19 Update – March and April 2020
  • “I-9 Related Audits and Investigations,” Panel Member, Missouri-Kansas AILA Chapter Conference (American Immigration Lawyers Association), November 2019
  • “Politics, Economics and the Law Collide: How Global Businesses are Impacted by These Landmines,” Panel Moderator, ELA (Employment Law Alliance) Annual Meeting in Lisbon, October 2019
  • “H-1B Visas – What’s on the Horizon,” Global Career Accelerator Program at Washington University in St. Louis, February 2019
  • “Hidden Dangers: New Evidence in Discrimination and Harassment Claims,” Annual MUSIC (Missouri United School Insurance Council) Seminar, January 2019
  • “Current Issues in School Law,” Legal Panel Member, MSSA (Midwest Suburban Superintendents Association), January 2019
  • “The Keys to Your Success – Employment and Immigration Issues Post Graduation,” Washington University Olin School of Business, December 2018
  • “Update on New Policies Impacting Foreign Workers,” ACC (Association of Corporate Council), November 2018
  • “What You Need to Know About Employing Foreign Nationals Under the Current Administration,” ACC – CCI (Association of Corporate Counsel – Corporate Counsel Institute), May 2018
  • “Employment Discrimination Caselaw Update,” COSA (Council of School Attorneys) Webinar, May 2018
  • “Employing Foreign Nationals – What’s New and on the Horizon,” ACC (Association of Corporate Council), February 2018
  • “Employing Foreign Nationals,” HRMA (Human Resources Management Association), February 2018
  • “Navigating Global Employee Migration – Legal Strategies and Practical Considerations,” Panel Chair, ELA (Employment Law Alliance) Annual Meeting in Shanghai, October 2017
  • “Impact of the New Administration’s Immigration Policies on Public Schools,” Safe Schools and Colleges Conference, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, October 2017
  • “Immigration Law in a Changing World,” Adjunct Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, April 2017
  • “Town Hall Meeting on President Trump’s Executive Order,” Webster University, February 2017
  • “Teacher Workshop on Current Immigration Law,” Street Law, Inc., February 2017
  • “The Keys to Your Success – Immigration Issues for Employment,” Washington University Olin School of Business, February 2017
  • “Year in Review & What to Expect in 2017,” ELA (Employment Law Alliance), Webinar, January 2017
  • “To Have and Hold: Document Preservation and Discovery,” Annual MUSIC Seminar, January 2017
  • “Sexual Assault on Campus: Student Safety Best Practices and Emerging Issues,” Missouri Community College Association Convention, November 2016
  • “Working 101: OPT, Academic Training, H-1B and Other Visa Options,” Washington University Office for International Students and Scholars, October 2016
  • “Basics: Business Non-Immigrant Visa Options,” Missouri-Kansas AILA Chapter Conference (American Immigration Lawyers Association), April 2016
  • “The Keys to Your Success – Immigration Issues for Employment,” Washington University Olin School of Business, February 2016
  • “Navigating the U.S. Business Immigration Maze: Practical Guidance for Employers,” ELA (Employment Law Alliance) Webinar, November 2015
  • “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – The Do’s, Don’ts and Defenses of Handling Sexual Harassment Claims,” COSA (Council of School Attorneys), Miami, October 2015
  • “Legal Limbo: Schools and Religion,” MSBA (Missouri School Boards Association) Annual Conference, October 2015
  • “Visas and Vulnerabilities,” Eastern Missouri-Southern Illinois Rescue and Restore Regional Conference to Combat Human Trafficking, June 2015
  • “Coming to a District Near You: Unaccredited School Districts – the Latest Legal Update and Practical Consideration,” MoASBO (Missouri Association of School Business Officials), April 2015
  • “Basics: Business Non-Immigrant Visa Options,” Missouri-Kansas AILA Chapter Conference (American Immigration Lawyers Association), March 2015
  • “Hot Topics & Employment Immigration Law,” AILA St. Louis Chapter CLE (American Immigration Lawyers Association), March 2015
  • “Business Immigration Law,” Guest Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis, February 2015
  • “Executive Action on Immigration: What Employers Should Know,” ACC (Association of Corporate Council), December 2014
  • “What Every School Attorney Should Know About the First Amendment: A PG-13 Review of Hot Topics in Employee Online Research,” North Dakota School Boards Association, Bismarck, October 2014
  • “What Every School Attorney Should Know About the First Amendment: A PG-13 Review of Hot Topics in Employee Online Research,” Council of School Attorneys (COSA), Denver, October 2014
  • “Careers in Immigration Law,” Panelist, Washington University in St. Louis, February 2014
  • “Business Immigration Law,” Guest Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis, February 2014
  • “Expert Panel” and “Judge Judy-School Liability Presentation,” Annual MUSIC (Missouri United School Insurance Council) Seminar, January 2014
  • “What All Board Members Need to Know About the First Amendment,” MARE (Missouri Association of Rural Educators), February 2014
  • “The Anatomy of an MHRA Claim: From the Administrative Charge through Jury Verdict,” ACC (Association of Corporate Council), November 2013
  • “MSIP 5 and Unaccredited School Districts,” MSBA (Missouri School Boards Association) Annual Conference, September 2013
  • “PERM and the Offsite Worker,” AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association), September 2013
  • “I-9 and E-Verify Update – New ICE Guidance and Compliance Tips,” Missouri Employment, Labor and Immigration Seminar, September 2013
  • “Hot Topics in Employment Immigration (Hs, Ls, TNs, Os, Ps, And the Rest of the Alphabet),” Missouri Employment, Labor and Immigration Seminar, September 2013
  • “Hot Topics in Immigration,” Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, ACC (Association of Corporate Council), May, 2013
  • “Responding to Reference Requests:  What You Can Say; What You Must Say,” MoASBO (Missouri Association of School Business Officials), April 2013
  • “ADA/FMLA Update,” Central Association of College and University Business Officers Indianapolis Winter Workshop, February 2013
  • “Facebook, Texting, Teachers, and Students … Oh My!,” MARE (Missouri Association of Rural Education), February 2013
  • “Collective Bargaining:  What the Missouri Supreme Court Now Requires,” Cooperating School Districts, January 2013
  • “New Expansion of the Public Policy Exception to the Employment At-Will Doctrine,” MUSIC (Missouri United School Insurance Council) Annual Membership Meeting, January 2013
  • “Legal, Practical and PR Issues Surrounding Background Checks,” MoASBO (Missouri Association of School Business Officials), November 2012
  • “Sizzling Hot “Must Knows” for In-House Counsel – Turning Up the Heat!” ACC (Association of Corporate Council), November 2012
  • “Green Cards”  —  So Many Options, So Little Time . . .,” NAFSA: Association of International Educators, October 2012
  • “Use of Electronic Communications by School Athletic Personnel,” MIAAA (Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association), April 2012
  • “Facilities Use and the First Amendment in the Schools,” MoASBO (Missouri Association of School Business Officials), April 2012
  • “Sexual Harassment – What Every School Employee Must Know,” MoASBO (Missouri Association of School Business Officials), April 2012
  • “ADA/FMLA Update,” Central Association of College and University Business Officers Indianapolis Winter Workshop, March 2012
  • “Troubleshooting for Company Employees That Work at a Client Site,” AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association), February 2012
  • “A Year in Review – Key Decisions in Defending Employment Claims,” ACC (Association of Corporate Counsel), November, 2011
  • “To Search or Not to Search? – Cell Phones, Lockers, Backpacks, and other Annoying Student Possessions”, Missouri School Law Seminar, 2011
  • “Employment Law Update,” Central Association of College and University Business Officers 43rd Annual Winter Workshop, February 2011
  • “The Fair Labor Standards Act: Strategies for Prosecuting and Defending Claims,” Missouri Bar CLE Labor & Employment Law Symposium, November 2010
  • “Anatomy of a Missouri Human Rights Trial, Class Litigation Update and Tips for Investigating Allegations of Misconduct,” ACC (Association of Corporate Counsel), August 2010
  • “Tips for Investigating Allegations of Misconduct,” St. Louis Chapter of the ACC (Association of Corporate Counsel), August 2010
  • “Hot Topics in Immigration & Employer Sanctions Compliance”, GAPP (Gateway Association of Payroll Professionals), May 2010
  • “Employment Law: Persistent Issues and Recent Developments”, CACUBO (Central Area College and University Business Officers), February 2010
  • “Monitoring Student Electronic Communications”, United Educators Insurance Telephone Roundtable, February 2010
  • “School Law: Teacher Termination, Student Discipline and Emerging Issues”, MASPP (Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals) Conference, January 2010
  • “Ask the Experts” panel, MUSIC (Missouri United School Insurance Council) Annual Membership Meeting, January 2010
  • “Important New Compliance and Liability Issues Regarding E-Verify, Federal Contractors, I-9 and Missouri Human Rights Act,” ACC (Association of Corporate Counsel), October 2009
  • “E-Verify Update” for MoASBO 2009 Spring Conference, Lake Ozark, Missouri, April 2009
  • “E-Verify and Missouri H.B. 1549,” for Cooperating School Districts and St. Louis Personnel/Placement Directors’ Assoc. (SLPPDA)
  • “E-Verify – Legal Update on Federal and State E-Verify Obligations,” MSBA and COSA, Tan-Tar-A Resort, 2008
  • “Immigration Law and Employer Compliance: A New Era for Employer Liability,” Lorman Education Services, St. Louis, 2008
  • “E-Verify Requirements and Timelines,” American Subcontractors Association, St. Louis, 2008
  • “Welcome Address,” USCIS Naturalization Ceremony Guest Speaker, Federal Courthouse, St. Louis, 2008
  • “Immigration & Careers: Bringing Policy into Local Perspective,” Washington University Law School Public Service Advisory Board, St. Louis, 2008
  • “Post Graduate Visa Issues,” Washington University, February, 2007
  • “NCLB and IDEA: A Disgruntled Marriage”, MOCASE Law Seminar, Tan-Tar-A Resort, Missouri, 2007
  • “Ethical Implications of New E-Discovery Rules and Handling Related Conflicts-of-Interest Situations,” KASB School Law Seminar, Kansas City, 2007
  • “Bullying: Lessons to Combat Cruelty,” Webinar sponsored by United Educators, July 2007
  • “Hot Employment Topics,” St. Louis Society of Associate Executives (SLSAE), June, 2007
  • “Nightmare on Elm Street: New E-Discovery Rules and Implications for School Districts,” KSBA School Law Seminar, Kansas City, 2007
  • “Ethical Implications of New E-Discovery Rules and Handling Related Conflicts-of-Interest Situations,” NSBA Council of School Attorneys Advocacy Seminar, Kansas City, 2006
  • “Visa Issues Regarding Employment,” Washington University, October, 2006
  • “Visa Status & Making the Transition from Full-Time Student to Full-Time Employee in the United States,” Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, October, 2006
  • “Hiring Practices How to Avoid Liability,” Mid-Continent Dental Congress of St. Louis, September, 2006
  • “Hot Topics in Student and Employee Immigration Law,” NSBA Audio Conference, September, 2006
  • “Hot Topics in Immigration,” Human Resource Management Association, Roundtable Discussion, April, 2006
  • “Hot Topics in Immigration Law,” Midwest Regional Employee Relocation Council, Roundtable Discussion, April, 2006

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